New Website launched ahead of Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Global | OHRLLS

The UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) is pleased to announce the launch of a website dedicated to the Second United Nations Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) scheduled to take place 3-5 November 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

The LLDC Conference will provide Member States, the entire UN system, private sector, civil society and experts with an invaluable opportunity to formulate an ambitious action-plan tailored to the specific needs of a group of countries that are disadvantaged by geography.

Of the 32 countries classified as landlocked developing, 16 are located in Africa, 10 in Asia, 4 in Europe and 2 in Latin America. Lack of territorial access to the sea, remoteness from markets, cumbersome transit procedures, and poor infrastructure have a direct negative impact on economic growth and hamper sustainable development efforts.

The first conference was held 10 years ago in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2003.

The website will be an important tool in outreach and advocacy efforts to provide all stakeholders with comprehensive up-to-date information in the lead-up to and during the global meeting.

The website was the culmination of the efforts of a working group established by the Advocacy and Outreach Unit to create a website that provides useful information and tools, while fostering a sense of community among staff in the LDC, LLDC and SIDS Office. Additionally, a succession of interns were instrumental in updating the site with the latest information.

You are invited to browse the new site at and we encourage you to regularly check in to keep abreast of the preparations towards the Conference and ways in which the UN system may contribute to its successful outcome.

Summary of features:

  • A news stream on the home page providing visitors with timely, easy-to-read information affecting landlocked developing countries
  • Several pages explaining the intergovernmental, private sector and interagency process in clear and concise manner
  • A sub-section dedicated to the private sector forum planned to take place on the side lines of the conference
  • A timeline to keep track of milestone events

For the best multimedia experience of the new site, please use Internet Explorer 9 or higher or the latest version of Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari.